"We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community."
"We have all known the long loneliness...." Isn't that the truth? So many abuse survivors have known an extra long loneliness--feeling unable to trust others, unable to trust themselves, or sometimes even unable to trust God.
As we celebrate Christ's birth this month (and perhaps feel some loneliness), try to remember that Emmanual means "God with us." We may feel lonely, but we always have God's loving presence at our side and with God's help, we can reach out to others and learn to trust again, learn to love, and discover we are lonely no more.